My Maternal 25th. Great Grandfather, Cuduilig MacLean, Abbot of Lismore, Scotland


Cuidulig Maclean, Abbot of Lismore, Argyll, Scotland

Birth: 1080 in Ireland

Death: ? Scotland


Cuduilig – the Progenitor of the Macleans

In the History of the Men of Alba, amongst the Clans supposed to be descended from the Kings of Dal Riada in Scotland (Dál Riata or Dál Riada (also Dalriada) (/dælˈrədə/) was a Gaelic overkingdom that included parts of western Scotland and northeastern Ireland, on each side of the North Channel. At its height in the late 6th–early 7th centuries, it encompassed roughly what is now Argyll in Scotland and part of County Antrim in the Irish province of Ulster.) ,are listed the Macleans whose pedigree includes:

“Gilleeoin mic Mecraith mic Maoilsruthain mic Neill mic Cuduilig, Abbot of Lismore, (Conduilig i. Ab Leasamoir ) mic Raingee” who was able to appanage his heirs in Morvern, then part of the Abbey Lands.

Raingee was supposedly descended from Lorn, the brother of Fergus MacErc. Cuduilig was probably brought in by Somerled in 1150 on the basis that he was a suitable man of the Fine Grin, or Tribe of the Land.

The Macleans were originally supporters of the McDougalls, Lords of Lorn but later transferred their allegiance to the MacDonalds, Lords of the Isles, and became one of their most powerful vassals with large tracts of land on Mull.

In 1527 Duart abandoned his wife, Elizabeth (who had tried to end the feuding with the Stewarts), in chains on Lady’s Rock. She was rescued by some fishermen who took her to Bachuil, who reunited her with her father, the Earl of Argyll. Some days later Maclean arrived to break the sad news of the death of his daughter to the Earl. He himself appeared inconsolable at the loss of his wife until, suddenly, she was ushered in to his presence to put an end to his hypocrisy. Duart’s wife lived for many a day after her escape from the Lady’s Rock, but he later paid for his cruelty with his life.
Last updated 22 May, 2008 source: Cuduilig – the Progenitor of the Macleans


The Abbot of Lismore (Irish: Lios Mór; Latin: Lismorensis) was the head of Lismore Abbey, which is in modern-day County Waterford, Ireland.

The abbey was founded by Saint Mo Chutu in the early seventh century. After the death of Saint Mo Chutu, the abbots bore the title “Comarbai Mo Chutu” (i.e. “successor of Saint Mo Chutu”). A few of the abbots and others at the monastery were consecrated as bishops. In 1111, Niall mac Meic Áedacáin became the first diocesan bishop of Lismore when the diocese of Lismore was established by the Synod of Ráth Breasail. source: Wikipedia

Ulster County, Ireland

The Scots of Dalriada were originally from Ireland, from an area along the Antrim coast and part of the province of Ulster (now counties Antrim and Down). The originator of the political territory of the Dál Riata in Scotland was Fergus Mór mac Eirc who arrived in Kintyre c. 500.

When Fergus Mór removed from Ireland to Scotland, there was no sundering of ties or relinquishing of authority between the two sections; and this continued to be the case under Fergus Mór’s successors. Evidence for the continued rule of Dál Riata in Ireland by the Scottish branch is found at the Convention of Druim Cett. This was convened c. 575 to discuss the future relations and status of the Irish Dál Riata between Aed, son of Ainmire (d. 598) the leader of the Northern Uí Néill -the most powerful people in the north of Ireland at the time- and Aedán mac Gabráin king of Dál Riata in Scotland (d. c. 608). source: Scottish History